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Kieran Roche & Fungai Munjanja on the Eurozone debt crisis - what it really means

Motivational speaker makes an impact during visit David Scholtz on his Karate course to America

Isgiving Our NHS up on us? PLUS: Racism in our playground? // Fulham’s Pog power// Tie

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Speaking Truth Fred McDonnell

How have you helped children with these problems and encouraged them to speak out? The problem is many kids feel alone, like they are the ‘only one’, and so once one or two of them see that another person has similar problems as they do, all of a sudden it becomes much easier for them all to admit: ‘I have a problem’. It doesn’t matter on background; we all have issues we have to deal with, no matter how wealthy you are, and it’s all about making people feel okay in saying ‘I need some help’.

A few weeks ago Greenshaw Sixth Form was lucky enough to have a special visitor, who works primarily in America inspiring young people as a motivational speaker. His name was Milton Creagh, a name quite a few should recognise given his fame status all over the U.S, where he hosts a very popular TV programme, which focuses on the types of problems young people go through. Having travelled all around the world speaking to young people, it

“helping kids admit they have a problem” was Greenshaw’s turn to be inspired, where Mr Creagh talked a lot to current students about work ethic and the importance of ambition and life goals. In an exclusive interview with The Chronicle he spoke about his experiences. What did you hope to achieve in your trip to the UK? I’ve been all around the world, whether it be to Europe, Canada, Africa or the US mainly trying to get kids to look at their lives and how they can improve them. A lot of kids don’t have much ambition and think that it’s ‘just me’, so I try and get them to look at things like university to improve themselves. And this happens all over the world, I’ve visited some of the most beautiful places but I still see this wherever I go. What are some of the main types of problems you’ve dealt with in the past? A range - I mean I have worked with gangs, people involved heavily with drugs and alcohol; I’ve been speaking to students here in the UK about that a lot, but more so their work ethic in school. It’s strange

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And that’s the biggest thing I do. A shocking statistic that I found the other day was that 46% of women aged 16-59 in the UK have had some experience of being sexually assaulted, and so this happens to quite a few people unfortunately who experience things like this and as expected don’t want to talk about it - so it is often about making that at the end of my programmes when I ask more troubled kids if they have parents who too have had problems with drinking and drugs, around 20% of the kids with these problems do admit to it, and say parents have divorced and lost jobs because of this, and another 20% have parents that have often been in jail. Sometimes some kids leave the room crying as they realise just how real their problems are, that they are not just something they have heard about or seen on TV or in a movie. It’s strange that coming to a school like this, people here have read about these problems in the paper or on the internet, but it’s easy to forget that this stuff is actually happening everywhere.

people realise that there are people out there who can help and are there to listen; there are many free counselling services across the UK for people that have problems, whether it be sexual assault, death of a loved one, or drugs, drink or even the separation of their parents. The main thing is to make someone realise its okay to talk to someone and go and get some help. We would like to say thank you to Mr Creagh for taking the time out of his busy schedule to give us such a moving talk about helping young people.

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David Scholtz interviewed by Jordan Bagwell

David and Mark Scholtz are black belts in Choi Kwang Do and have been training in this martial art since they were 11 and 10. In March 2012, it is the Grand Master and Founder’s 70th birthday and the 25th anniversary of CKD International, which is the fastest growing martial arts faculty in the world. Be-

cause of these two coinciding events, they are organising a seminar in Atlanta, Georgia - the home of Choi Kwang Do. At this event there are going to be international competitions for teams and individuals, David and Mark will be participating in both, representing the UK in

After the audition I thought I had messed up completely as I slipped when I was doing my ‘impressive technique’, thankfully they gave me another try. After we auditioned they sent us away for half an hour while they decided who would be put through.

What exactly is CKD?

It is a form of martial arts developed by doctors to help the Grand Master recover from the wounds he sustained during the Korean Wars. His wounds consisted of severely damaged joints due to his consistent use of traditional martial arts. With the help of the doctors, they developed CKD from the exercises they used to help him recuperate.

How did you feel when you found out you were successful?

Why did you and Mark start training in CKD?

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At first it was just a form of exercise for us as we disliked gyms and thought martial arts would be a good alternative. Our commitment to the martial art grew from there.

Can you talk us through the process that led to your representation of the UK?

Well, we had to go through an audition in early October to join the demo team and that was extremely

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‘Team GB.’ If they win they will be opening the seminar with a performance in front of the Grand Master. I caught up with David to learn more about this incredible event and his achievement.

nerve wracking because the competition was fierce. In the audition we had to show them all the techniques and patterns from our current syllabus and then show them our most impressive technique.

We felt a mixture of relief, for having gotten through and anticipation for all of the training that was to come. The three-hour training started immediately after we were chosen. It was very intense, but it needed to be as we have very few chances to train between now and the event.

To find out more about CKD you can visit http://choikwangdo.com/ We all wish David, Mark and Team GB good luck for their competition!

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#4 Of all the species that have lived on earth, roughly 99.99% are extinct.

#5 Whales can talk to each other over a 10,000 km distance.

#6 The centre of the Earth is almost as hot as the surface of the Sun.

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Death of an NHS

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ree public healthcare for all is something that has been long defended in this country over the past few decades; as successive governments have come and gone, each with different ideas about how the service should be run, its primary focus - to help patients across the country - has been unchanged. However, in recent years, the structure of the grand ‘National Health Service’ has been changing, and with new plans to reform the service, these structural changes look to become much more violent - causing big concerns as to whether the structure could change so much to the extent that the service’s primary focus also changes, becoming more centred on becoming profitable, rather than looking to provide the necessary care and attention to patients that they deserve.

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Andy Burnham (Shadow Health Secretary) speaks at rally

The new bill, which has just been passed in the last few days, has come under harsh criticism from many influential leaders in the medical profession - and this fight to stop the bill in the Houses of Parliament has invariably been led by Lord Owen, as well as Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham. Looking at the Conservative Manifesto in the most recent election - the opposition do indeed have many good points. In the series of TV debates watched by millions across the UK, David Cameron had promised that a top to tail re-organisation of the NHS was the last thing he planned, pledging to keep previous levels of funding. What seems more dangerous for a bill such as this one, is not the amount of funding being provided to each hospital, but rather the long term effects on the NHS - what the service truly is and what it aims to deliver. Efficiency is one word that has often been used to ‘sugarcoat’ the new bill, but the danger is a bad taste may be left in the mouth once patient care becomes a poor second to profit margins. This focus on profit margins comes not only from direct government pressures to individual hospitals and councils, but also through the knock on effects of what the bill will ensure - privatisation of many of the core services currently carried out by public sector workers in the NHS. A recent rally to save the NHS

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Rosewan Aydogan was carried out in Central Hall, Whitehall by trade unions Unison and Unite, of which reporters from The Greenshaw Chronicle attended, to see a massive turnout from many medical professionals and politicians alike who all saw big problems with the bill and were extremely worried for the NHS’ future. Speakers at the event included union leaders, former-nurse Jo Brand, Lord Owen, Andy Burnham and Andrew George, a Liberal Democrat MP who has fought the bill at every stage despite his party’s position in supporting the bill as part of the coalition. The Greenshaw Chronicle was lucky enough to get

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an interview with Mr George, who said he will “do everything in his limited power to fight the bill” though was worried that “once the private companies get their crowbar in, it will be very difficult to get them out”. The MP faced much criticism from the crowd given his party’s support for the bill, but claimed that the government knew the bill should not go ahead but need “a dignified exit strategy”.

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After the rally, the Unison leader for hospitals in South London, then made some shocking revelations to The Chronicle team, of which will directly affect local Sutton residents in the near future. Though the signs outside St Helier Hospital do indeed say that £230m is planned to be spent on building new A&E and Maternity wards, the bill is almost certain to destroy the project, streamlining more services into less local hospitals such as St Georges Hospital in Tooting. St Helier Hospital, which has been under risk of closure in the last few years, will surely be under pressure once again, attempting to ensure maximum ‘efficiency’ is achieved, saving money but ultimately leading to a lack of provision of vital services depending on where you live. As more power is given to individual hospitals, private contractors are likely to be introduced to meet budgets. The focus shifted to profits. Is this the death of an NHS that cares?

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Euro debt - what

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Kieran Roche The term crisis is one that is often overused by tabloid and .broadsheet papers alike. For some reason the word draws .people in. I am sure everybody with even the slightest bit of news exposure has heard of the Eurozone Crisis in the last few months, it is usually the story that comes on just before you switch over to Channel 4 for The Simpsons. Despite the plethora of coverage that has been bestowed upon the ‘Eurozone Crisis’ the quality of this information is abysmal, take your pick between deep in depth global economics lecturers’ talking in a language only they understand or the horribly patronising man on the BBC website advert, trying to advertise graphs that aim to explain complex economic issues to people who would struggle to point to Greece on a map. Although the BBC website is a good idea in theory, global economics is complicated thus the multi-coloured graphs explain very little of the events that are currently reforming the European and World financial market. Greece, a good place for a holiday, incredibly underrated football team? There isn’t much more to say about them. Have you ever bought a product and on the back has said “Made in Greece”? Or maybe you have called a customer service department and the woman on the other end had a strong Greek accent? The answer is, most probably, no. No, Greece do not have a fantastic service sector, nor do they have a great industrial sector, their entire economy is based purely on tourism. That is you and your family/friends going over to their country and spending all of the money you have. Now when times are good, this is great. Everybody saves all year and spends their surplus money on beer and food in Greece. However, when things are not so good, such as the current global recession that we see ourselves in, people are not going on holiday. This leaves Greece in a bit of a pickle, their one and only form of income has been virtually wiped out by the ‘crisis’’ in other countries that has lead to less and less people going on holiday. So, Greece is currently in a position where it needs money and investment from everybody in order to be able to create new areas of industry and promote itself as a safe and stable country. However Greece is in debt, lots and lots of debt, this means that she owes money to all of the countries who would be able to lend her money. There have been attempts by the other countries in the Eurozone to ‘bail Greece out’ this means pumping a load of money into Greece which she can pay back when she is stable enough to afford to. The problem is, however, that Greece already owes these countries money, meaning that almost every penny that Germany, France and the UK give to Greece is paid straight back to these countries without affecting the economy in any way. What Greece needs is a cancellation of all current debts, as it quite clearly will never be able to pay them off and with these debts hanging over her will

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never be able to start the economy up again. So there is an incredibly simple way of getting Greece and it’s people back on safe ground again : 1. 2. 3. 4.

Cancellation of Greek debts Stabilization of the currency Re-investment in certain sectors Revel in the Greek sunshine whilst the economy flourishes

Who do you agree with most? Let us know!

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Feature columnist Age: 25 Now part of the Greenshaw Sixth Form Team

Mr. Munjanja Hindsight is a funny thing. It makes pretty much anybody the smartest person in the world. The temptation to assess something retrospectively is obvious, especially when global financial fortunes are cyclical. It’s easy to say, haven’t we been here before? If you spend and borrow freely- live it up- despite your burgeoning economy, you’re always vulnerable to any meaningful shift in the banking and business industry. This, we are often led to believe is Economics 101; initially there is prosperity. Insert seismic event, market crash. Relative poverty. Austerity. From Fitzgerald to Steinbeck. It’s Anything 101. However, in strong economic times, the cultural discourse concerning financial pitfalls acquires a rather more muted tone. Though economic strategists speak of the dangers, their warnings are often less vociferous, so only smatterings of potential collapse enter the public consciousness. When Greece’s economy underwent a period of significant growth in the early 2000’s, government spending was among the highest in Europe, and historical tensions with neighbours Turkey meant that their defence budget was similarly high. This inflated the deficit but this did not arrest the spending. €10 billion was found to organise the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. It could be argued that Athens’ place as the spiritual home of the modern games was enough to sell the event, that a memorable spectacle could still have been put on at a fraction of the cost. But, as a society basks beneath the glorious embers of the Olympic flame, a symbol of their great past, the mindset is certainly not modesty of measure. Merrill Lynch financial observer, Jesse Koti alludes to a lack of transparency in Greece’s monetary policies during the 2000’s“When you have taxpayers funding the public sector but not paying a sufficient rate to give government enough revenue to continue with public services, you have a widening of the structural deficit.” He continues, “But it’s not as simple as that. Riding a wave of optimism, policy makers have less trepidation about borrowing, essentially risking, as their voters are relatively comfortable. Few questions are asked, fewer answers given.”

I would like to bet my life that this will never happen during our lifetime. For the sole reason that IMF and World Bank want their money and will force austerity measures onto whatever country cannot pay their debts until the US can find a way of profiting from the Greek comeback. Like to be a student writer? Let us know by emailing us at ghschronicle@suttonlea.org

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The recession hit hard, and fast though. By May 2011, over 100,000 disgruntled Greek citizens had descended upon parliament building in Athens in May last year, collectively voicing discontent at the austerity measures the government was implementing. Greece is on austerity package number five, and a second bailout to the tune of €130 billion courtesy of the Troika- The EU, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. In Greek mythology, Prometheus steals fire from Zeus and bestows it upon mortals. Among the mortals now, there is miasma of doubt; an end to Greece’s economic troubles does not appear to be in the near future. Well, the gods are banks nowadays. Nothing is being stolen from them so much as it is- with strict conditionsbeing offered. Let them. It will all happen again soon enough.

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Reviews

Music, Film, Books & Games

Film: Unbreakable Jessica Sutherland Unbreakable is an extremely underrated suspense thriller that centred on a seemingly ordinary man (Bruce Willis) who learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating train accident. Many might not appreciate the gradually paced buildup of atmosphere and strong character psychology but I feel it is definitely worth a watch. It proves itself to be more sophisticated, and in my opinion more entertaining than the more famous Sixth Sense (also by Shyamalan). It could be called a comic book movie but I feel it to be very unique in that category, exploring the fine line reality and the comic-book world. It also has features of a drama and a thriller, creating an interesting mix of little dialogue, subtle gestures, movements, and actions to represent the character’s thoughts as you watch the revelation unfold. Shyamalan’s trademark is having some sort of twist in the end or surprise ending in his films, and I found this one to not disappoint! There is a lot more attention to detail and logic in this film, compared to some of his more recent movies. Even the framing of particular scenes brings out a comic-book quality. Be patient and enjoy the amazing acting from both Willis and Jackson.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan Cast includes: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Wright

Books: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Rosanna Shaw “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is the first book in the “Millennium series”, crime and mystery novels written by Stieg Larsson. The story is about a disgraced journalist and a private investigator that are hired by a rich businessman. Their task is to discover the murderer of a girl who has been missing for over a decade. Things soon take a chilling turn as someone tries at any cost to prevent them uncovering the truth.

along the way. This book also has some very intriguing characters. In particular the mysterious Lisbeth Salander; a gifted computer hacker with a troubled past. If the stereotypical portrayal of a heroine bores you, then again this book is worth a read as she is a very unique and curious character.

Larsson’s book was clearly used to express his view of world matters such as violence against women, the incompetence of investigative journalists and corruption in business. So if you’re looking for a book which deals with strong, ethical dilemmas and that comments on modern society then this novel is for you. Although I thought it was a little slow and complicated in the first couple of chapters, I’d recommend sticking with it as the plot is very well thought out and has some exciting twists

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Games: Torchlight Feras Hathaf & Gareth Grigg

Torchlight is a dungeon crawler by Runic Games, and for those of you who aren’t familiar with a dungeon crawler, it is basically a game in which the player takes his/her character through progressively more difficult levels of a dungeon, fighting monsters, completing quests, collecting valuable items and gold, improving the character’s attributes and skills along the way and most importantly obtaining gear. This style of game was mastered and made big by Blizzard Entertainment with the Diablo Series of games and Runic has a good start with two of the main developers from Diablo 2 and a lead from the game Fate (another highly successful Diablo clone) and it really shows. Torchlight has a nice graphical style and slick UI, everything is very well made and it feels really nice to play. The game has 3 classes: The Destroyer, The Alchemist and The Vanquisher (basically a Warrior, a Mage and a rogue) each with 3 separate talent trees which change the way the character plays greatly. For example, the Alchemist can

use ranged magic attacks, duel wielding weapons and short range aoe magic or summoning minions to fight for you. This combined with the randomly generated dungeons makes for some great replay value.

Music: Is Vinyl back from the dead? James Occomore There are those of us that would argue that the vinyl LP never died, that talk of its demise was both exaggerated and premature. However, that could be looked on as just an echo from a dinosaur from a previous generation – so let’s look at some facts. A recent article in an American newspaper reported that while CD sales continue a double digit decline, sales of vinyl albums have doubled in the last year to 6 million and turntable sales increased by 80%. This resurgence is being led not just by 50 year old dinosaurs nostalgic for gatefold sleeve album covers and pops and scratches on favourite records, but by college age consumers discovering the elaborate artwork of vinyl LP’s for the first time. Entranced by the grittier, less artificial, sound quality. They like the idea of listening to an artist’s work on vinyl as it becomes a satisfying process. You sit down, play through one side, it becomes

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a meaningful function because you are focused on it. It’s NOT portable – you have to pay attention, turn the record over when it’s done. Vinyl encourages “active listening” not just hearing. I’m not even coming from the fussy “audiophile” angle; I don’t really care too much about the sound quality. It’s something else about a vinyl LP, it’s big and you can hold it and it’s a proper piece or art. A vinyl LP is something tangible that’s lost in MP3 and file sharing. Even forgetting the art, the mechanics of seeing it work and the way the needle lands on the

vinyl, that’s really exciting. The crackle and hiss before the record starts adds the suspense. At a time when convenient, instant, disposable and portable music rule for sheep- like consumers hearing their music on MP3 players, it’s quite heart warming and reassuring that the stodgy old vinyl album and turntable are making a comeback. For those people still looking for the art of the music, the soul of the music and the inspiration of the music, it has to be vinyl – anything else is just a glorified ring tone.

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Fashion & Style Francesca, Sarah, Chloe & Antonia

Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate Portobello Market is a great place to pick up vintage clothes, unique jewellery and delicious food. Not only offering chain stores, such as American Apparel and All Saints, there are also plenty of individual shops filled with great finds. For those with an interest in vintage jewellery and clothing you’ll find an unlimited range of pieces, varying in price, if you are willing to rummage and venture under the railway bridge where there are bargains galore. There are also stalls posing home furnishings, such as bright modern wall art, that would be great for decorating that dark and dim Uni room. Be aware that the prices match the post code, and so some things are not typical market prices; but if

you’re lucky you might find yourself a great deal! There is some amazing food on offer, from all different cultures, and for every individual taste, we recommend trying the crepes or waffles.

It’s a great day out in London if you’re wanting an alternative to Oxford Street or Covent Garden, even if you are only window shopping, so jump on a tube and go see for yourself!

HOW TO: Tie-dye your nails WHAT YOU NEED - White nail polish, at least two nail polishes of your choice, cocktail sticks, small bowl you don’t mind getting dirty, tape, scissors, cotton buds, nail polish remover. STEP 1 Preparing your nails: paint your nails with a base coat of white, to help the colours stand out, then tape around the edges of your nails, to protect your fingers from nail polish. STEP 2 Pour room temperature water into the bowl, and proceed to drop nail polish from the brush onto the surface of the water, repeat with as many colours as you want, until you create a large enough area to cover your nail. STEP 3 Take your cocktail stick and gently create a pattern within the nail polish upon the surface of the water, when you are happy with the design, dip your

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nail carefully into the pattern and slowly remove after a few seconds, repeat with each nail.

STEP 4 After allowing your nails to dry thoroughly carefully remove the tape, and remove

excess nail polish with cotton buds and nail polish remover.

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Footballing race

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Footballers racially abusing their opponents, fans singing racist chants and taunts, banana’s being thrown on the pitch, are all, sadly, now associated with ‘the beautiful game’. How often are we seeing stories concerning prejudice and discrimination of some kind in football nowadays? The FA has been dealing with more racist allegations this season than Torres has goals. Allegations are becoming more frequent, and much more significant. In recent months we’ve seen a number of racist incidents in football. Most notably Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, receiving an eight match ban and a £40,000 fine after allegedly calling United defender Patrice Evra a “negro” numerous times. Suarez tried to justify his actions by saying he didn’t mean it as an offensive term, as in his home country of Uruguay it is not considered incorrect to call a black person that; it is just a friendly form of address. Perhaps Suarez was naive but even so the forward was rightly punished for his behaviour. What I found most shocking of all about this story was the increasing support of Liverpool FC and Kenny Dalglish repeatedly defending his actions in press conferences. Suarez is in the wrong. You can’t justify his actions. You can’t wear a few t-shirts with a Suarez face on it and expect the FA to overlook the case and Evra to just forget about it.

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Football has come a long way in its attempts to combat racism. Campaigns like ‘Kick It Out’ and ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ have done wonders for football. The backing it’s received from players and teams alike has been outstanding but should it be the case that as soon as a club’s player is accused of racism they drop all what they have previously stood for and completely disregard the idea of ‘zero tolerance’. It’s wrong. Racism in football has always been an issue but evidently even more so now, so far in fact that it has recently prompted Prime Minister, David Cameron’s input. Cameron said “we simply cannot brush this under the carpet. I’ve no doubt that football will crack this problem - and the Government stands ready to do anything it can to help.”

Racism in our playgrounds The Government has pledged £3million into the FA’s new National Coaching Centre, which aims to encourage more individuals from ethnic minorities to progress in the game. That’s all very well and good getting an authoritative figure involved in such a matter, but will it stop racism completely? Not if footballers continue to get themselves involved in such trouble. The word “role models” is often bandied about too often but there are some out there. Footballers have the respect of the younger

generation, youngsters look up to them, one being John Terry. Terry has let himself down recently though, being accused of making racist remarks towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand which has seen him stripped of the England captaincy and now with an impending court case hanging over him. How much of an effect will cases like this have on children though? What if youths deem it acceptable to be racist in football? If in the school playground a white child doesn’t choose a black child to play on his team because of his skin colour? Then we have a serious problem. England’s Premier League is often branded as one of the best leagues in the world but how much longer will it hold its reputation if stories persist to arise with such negativity? It could be argued to go as far as being a reason for damaging England’s World Cup bids in recent years, along with the stories of hooliganism, protests, club debt and the occasional bad decision from match officials obviously. Most importantly though, it’s the constant anticipation of when the next racist allegation is going to be reported across the media and consequently put a burden on what is now, considerably a loose term to describe football as ‘the beautiful game’ in this great country. Unfortunately, it seems it’s only a matter of time.

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Sport Football

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From Russia with love, but there seems a deep lack of love between the Premier League and Russia’s finest at the moment. It could be seen as bizarre the way in which Andrei Arshavin went from the massive hit with Arsenal fans, scoring for fun and making the premier league look easy, to the manor of his exit exactly 3 years later where every match he appeared nervous and uneasy, even being booed by the Arsenal ‘faithful’ at certain points. How and why did this dramatic turn of events take place? Why have Russian players of late started so brightly in their Premier League careers only to fall short of their potential whereas in the earlier generations of Russian League footballers they were able to hold sustained careers in English football?

The first Russians to play in the Premier League were in the inaugural Premier League season in 1992. Andrei Kanchelskis of Manchester United and Dmitri Kharine of Chelsea were Russia’s only two representatives. Kanchelskis, possibly the most famous Russian to play in the Premier League, represented Manchester United and City as well as Everton and Southampton before moving to Fiorentina in the late 90’s. In his time at United in the Premier League he racked up 92 appearances and aided them to Premier League success twice. However, from 2003 till 2008 there was only one Russian in the Premier League - Alexey Smertin. Smertin represented Portsmouth, Chelsea, Charlton and Fulham during his career and at every club only made a handful of Premier League appearances. This figure was then doubled, as Roman Pavlyuchenko also made an initial mark when he signed for Tottenham in late 2008, putting in a fair few impressive performances. Almost four years later, it’s clear that this was short lived. Both Pavlyuchenko and Arshavin appeared to both simultaneously fall from their high as they had risen to them and after a poor start to the 2011-12 campaign. Arshavin was sold on loan to Zenit St Petersburg, whereas Pavlyuchenko was dropped further down the pecking order at Tottenham with the arrival of players like Adebayour and Van der Vaart to a point at which he also in January 2012 was sold to Lokomotiv Moscow.

Now all that remains in the form of Russian representation in the Premier League is Pavel Pogrebnyak. The Fulham striker has attracted much further attention from the Premier League after his remarkable start similar to that of his Russia’s predecessors with 5 goals from 5 shots on target in his first 3 games in the Premier League. Could The Pog be the creator of Russians legacy in the Premier League for their next generation of Premier League players like Kanchelskis for this latest batch? Or will he fall like the last generation to arrive with a bang but fizzle out later on? The interesting correlation leads to the conclusion that, if it is not the style of football that is changing, it must be something else. Are Russian’s more likely to let success go to their heads? The lack of money in the Russian Leagues up until this point could be a reason? In the next ten years we could start to see a change in the Russian mentality, as

more money is poured into their league we will see, inevitably, a more professional outlook on the game. My prediction is that although the current generation of Russian players may not be able to cut it in the Premier League, watch out for Russia. The World Cup scheduled to be held in Russia could prove to be a great showcase for the new generation who will be coming up the ranks watching the likes of Eto’o and Samba playing in their domestic league. The famous Zenit St Petersburg Europa League winners side was not the ‘golden generation’ of Russian players, we are watching a league grow and develop and the Russian children who will be playing their trade around the World within the next ten years will be the generation who can successfully make that leap into the Premier League.

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